Blossoms of Hope

Grasman + Bergsma

Our art installation allows the viewer to experience both a barrier that holds you back and the joy when you overcome it. The outer walled structure of our piece represents barriers. It is constructed out of wooden doors, windows, and fencing. The viewer enters into a ceramic garden through an open door. The flowers symbolize faith, growth, and support from others. It takes courage to face fear, follow your dreams, and take risks. Sometimes barriers prevent you from moving forward and keep you from fulfilling your dreams. Although barriers keep you safe eventually there is a need to go through them and take a chance that something better lies ahead. It takes faith in God, others, and ourselves to move forward.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 18 feet
  • Medium: wood and ceramic
  • Width: 15 feet
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 7 feet

About Grasman + Bergsma

Since the first ArtPrize we have been challenged to participate by our friends and family. Barriers such as time, other responsibilities, and fear held us back from participating. After ArtPrize 2013, we both decided to take a leap of faith. We worked with over 800 students from Byron Center Christian School, Dutton Christian School, and youth from First United Methodist Church to create the ceramic art pieces. For the past five years, we have collaborated together creatively.